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Advice For Those Looking For Holiday Homes

Mar 12, 2008
Many people today are buying holiday homes, not really for somewhere to stay when they decide to go on holiday but instead as a worthwhile investment in terms of property prices and rental income. Holiday homes are a large financial investment so there is little wonder why so many people are realising the potential to make money from their holiday homes during the times when they are working and unable to reside in their home from home.

The dream of having a holiday home that you can rent during the times you are not there and enjoy when you are ready to make the trip is enticing. There are however factors that must be considered that you may not be aware of when the idea is formulating in your mind. There may be high outgoings, insurance premiums to settle and management fees for rental homes. Added to this, holiday homes now fall under a separate council tax code, in some places as much as ninety percent of the residential council tax.

The first thing to remember when looking at holiday homes is to choose a good location, whether at home or abroad you should pick a location that will be popular with tourists. Depending on how much you plan to rent out the house, the type of resort is also worth considering, for instance a beach resort will only really be popular during summer months, but in those summer months will be extremely busy. On the other hand a property in the hills that will be popular with walkers will be used all year round but most probably not constantly.

It is only really worth looking at holiday homes with two or three bedrooms. Most people who will want to rent your property will be families who will need the space. A one bedroom apartment or flat will seriously restrict its profit potential. In comparison buying a huge six bedroom property will also damage profits as most people rarely need more bedrooms than three or four when on holiday.

When picking the mortgage for your holiday home choose an interest only option, the interest can be set against tax for second properties. If you have a large amount of money that you will be investing it is more advisable to use the sum to pay more of your main homes mortgage than the mortgage on your summer cottage.

When renting it is worth employing a letting agent who specifically deals with holiday homes. If you do not there will be a lot of hard work involved in the management of your property. Repairs, handing over keys and as well as emergencies such as burst pipes and people being locked are all inconveniences that will make your property seem more of a hindrance than a pleasure. It may be an extra charge but the peace of mind and stress free approach is a worthy alternative than constantly travelling back and forth to the property.

The property must also be up to date at all times, items such as dishwashers and CD players may have been luxury items ten years ago but they now come as standard. Most importantly however is ensuring that the fire precautions are met as hefty legal requirements have put the responsibility firmly in the hands of the landlord. Making sure fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are in good working order are all part of keeping a safe property. Getting the right insurance cover to cope with anything that guests may cause is also essential.

If you follow this advice there is no reason that you will not be as successful as the hoards of people who have already purchased holiday homes. Understanding your own responsibilities to your tenants is vital and will make for stress free arrangements. Also finding the right property is vital for your holiday home to be an added income, rather than an financial drain.
About the Author
Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks into the purchasing of holiday homes and how they can make a hefty added income. To find out more please visit http://www.amberleisure.com/holidayparks
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